Today the inventor of instant noodles passed away. Momofuku Ando apparently came up with the idea after seeing a long line of people on a cold night shortly after World War II waiting to buy freshly made ramen at a black market food stall. See article here. Ando is quoted as saying “Peace will come to the world when the people have enough to eat”. This may well be true, but all I know is that many computer obsessed teenagers/adults would probably starve to death in front of their computers (and have; apparently a South Korean man died last year, from exhaustion, after playing online games for more than 50 hours) were it not for this ingenious invention, Cup Noodles being the staple diet of many young men and hikikomori as well.
There is even a museum in Japan devoted to the invention and ongoing marketing of Nissin Cup Noodles.
Ando is also quoted as saying “I’m happy I’ve realized my dream that noodles can go into space”. Said in reference to the most recent promotion for Nissinwhich is called the Freedom Projectthis is a 6 part animation series (commissioned by Nissin) by Katsuhiro Otomo, the creator of ‘Akira’ (a film that had a huge affect on my life growing up). The new films, of course, feature some pretty intense noodle product placement.
So what do noodles have to do with my Nana I hear you ask? Well not that much really, in fact I suspect she has ever consumed a single strand of instant noodle in her life, except it is her birthday today and she is 93! Noodles (especially Soba noodles) are often traditionally consumed on New Years morning as they are seen as a sign of longevity, being long. See there you go, how’s that for a tenuous link. Born in 1914 she has lived through two world wars, brought up two children, has five grandchildren and two great grandchildren. She can’t hear that well but still has an awesome sense of humour and will watch the cricket for hours on end. Happy Birthday Nana! love from your Cheeky Rabbit.